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Feature: The five best wearable gadgets

Gadgets are small enough these days that you can easily slip them into your pocket, stick them in a backpack, or carry them in your hand and hardly even notice you have them. Why would you want to carry your gadgets, though, when you can wear them? Unless you’re a nudist you’re going to be wearing clothes anyway, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone (Note – Mobile Magazine does not endorse or support the killing of birds) and wear your gadgets. Here are the five best wearable gadgets we have seen in a while:

We first saw this jacket at CES way back in 2004, but it’s as cool now as it was back then. The prototypes not only give you a place to store every device that you could want to carry — complete with space for all the cords and earphones — but it also charges the devices as well. There are strategically placed solar panels which can recharge the devices or power them for immediate use. The nicest thing is that the jacket just looks like a jacket, so you don’t look like a total freak as you wear it.

This concept, on the other hand, does make you look like a freak. A freak with cool technology, though. The blushing dress actually senses and responds to your emotions. It is made of two layers: the inner layer detects how you are feeling and the outer layer expresses that sentiment in lights and colors. If you wear this, you probably won’t have to worry about anyone else wearing the same outfit at a party.

If earphones aren’t your thing but you still like to hear music on the go, then maybe the Soundwalk is for you. The vest has speakers mounted in the shoulders, so you can enjoy stereo sound (as can everyone around you, whether they want to or not) without having to have anything in your ear blocking out the world around you. It comes in a subtle black, a less subtle red, and a downright sneaky camo pattern.

As someone who lives in a cold weather climate, I know how much it sucks to have cold fingers. I also know how hard it is to type if your digits are frozen. That won’t be a problem with the G-Gloves. You just plug them into your USB port and they generate enough heat to warm your hands up by 10 degrees in just minutes. You can uncover your fingertips for better typing, too. Come on now, I’m not sure that there is a better way to spend $22.

These tiny numbers don’t strictly fit the criteria of this list, but I’m sure you won’t mind too much. The geniuses behind this product have taken a pair of (very!) tiny black lace panties and fitted them with a pocket to carry an iPod nano. It’s about time this came along, because there are thousands of women (or men too, I guess) struggling with the need to listen to their music while wearing just panties and still having their hands free for other, ahem, tasks.

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